Untucked Woman: Lauren Delaney George
Lauren, what keeps you on-the-go?
FUN!" Currently, I manage sales on my bustling Etsy shop, sell immersive mystery games via www.LettersFromDeadPeople.com [this is about to launch, currently redirects to the debut mystery game, The Haunted Dollhouse], and create storybooks pretending to be craft books [All Dolled Up is live. Book #2 is in the works]. I also take the odd job, like creating props for the Tiffany & Co. Christmas windows* and an original piece for the National Building Museum in DC! Sometimes I also write things: Etsy Seller Handbook & Atlas Obscura.
What's your day-in-the-life?
Every day I wake up in my dream city, New Orleans. I putter around the apartment for a bit and then walk to my studio down the street, hidden in the back of the world's most beautiful vintage clothing boutique, Century Girl. I ship orders, write things, respond to customers, go on supply runs, and research/create new projects. I also convene with my girl gang. These activities are fueled by generous and frequent doses of sugar.
What do you wear to work?
It depends on what I have cooking that particular day. To be honest, I'm usually either completely grubby and covered in paint, or dressed to the vintage nines, pretending I woke up like that. It's a lie and don't believe it.
What's one of the most rewarding parts about your job?
There's nothing better than working until you are dog tired at something you love. And then putting your own name on it.
What's one of the most challenging parts about your job?
It's difficult to stay disciplined. It can also be just as difficult to walk away sometimes, making time for family, friends, and afternoons at the dog park.
What does an Untucked life mean to you?
Life, design, and entrepreneurship are messy. They require a playful, down-to-earth approach. Don't be fooled by glossy studio images! Everything "successful" that you see is likely preceded by about a dozen disasters (that you don't see). Also, everything is covered in paint/hot glue.
From your experience, what can we learn from you today?
Waiting for someone to offer you your dream job is the biggest mistake. You've got to go out and cook it up. Work with what you have. Which may not seem like a lot, but it's more than you know.